MANILA — Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray added another feather to her cap on Tuesday after being named a new arts ambassador of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Gray was introduced as an ambassador of the arts for the year during a press conference launching National Arts Month.
Julie Ann San Jose was named music ambassador, joining fellow singer KZ Tandingan, who is returning in the same role after being tapped by the NCCA last year.
Gray drew wide praise for her patriotic wardrobe during her Miss Universe bid, from the Mayon-inspired details of her dress, to jewelry that symbolized the national flag.
“I believe that art is always created with intention. In my pursuit to conquer my universe, I always wanted to showcase the beauty and the intricate uniqueness of the Philippines to a universal platform whether it be through our heritage, our art, our history, our textiles, our music, or our dance,” she said.
“In doing so, I felt as an ambassador in my own right representing the Philippines, I was able to play the part in having the new generation sit up and take notice and start to appreciate what the Philippines has to uniquely offer,” Gray added.
Drawing from the “Ani ng Sining” theme of National Arts Month, Gray went on: “As you know, to harvest starts with planting and sowing a seed. And so I have fervent hope that we can instill and grow a fierce love and passion for the Filipino arts and culture in each and everyone of us.”